The Robbins stun Casey Stoney’s United to record first league win, Sam Kerr makes a successful WSL debut for Chelsea and Nick Cushing’s Manchester City record a convincing victory against Tottenham
Bristol City enjoyed a fine start to the New Year as they secured their first league victory of the WSL season. City beat Manchester United 1-0 at United’s Leigh Valley Stadium.
Former United player Ebony Salmon scored the only goal of the game in the first half by slotting the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Mary Earps.
Sophie Baggaley also performed a starring role for the West Country club in goal, as she pulled off a string of outstanding saves in the game’s closing stages.
Chelsea meanwhile had to come back from a goal down to see off Reading 3-1 at Kingsmeadow.
England’s most-capped international, Fara Williams had given the Royals an early lead before Reading keeper, Grace Moloney was sent off for a late challenge on Chelsea’s Australian debutant Sam Kerr.
Kerr is the Australian and American League record goal scorer who signed for the blues in November but was only available to make her first appearance for her new club in January.
Although she missed a few chances she was involved in the equaliser, producing a classy backheel to create the opening for Beth England to score.
Guro Reiten and Erin Cuthbert completed the scoring in the second half, securing the win for Emma Hayes’ side.
Elsewhere, two goals from Pauline Bremer helped Manchester City to a 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur. Rianna Dean managed to score a penalty for the home team, however further goals from Ellen White and Lauren Hemp put the result beyond any doubt.
The league leaders Arsenal were able to maintain their three point advantage by completing a 2-0 win over Birmingham City. While Liverpool remained winless as they lost 1-0 to Hope Powell’s Brighton.
The final match between West Ham United and Everton was called off due to a flu outbreak within the East London side’s squad. A rescheduled date is to be confirmed.
Week 11 preview: Saturday 11thJanuary
Manchester City vs Everton (Kick-off 17:30) – BT Sport
The weekend kicks off with Nick Cushing’s team hosting an Everton side that have lost all of their six league matches against Manchester City.
It is set to be one of Cushing’s last games in charge of City as he is going off to take over as assistant manager at New York City in the MLS in February.
The Toffees will have to watch out for City’s top goal scorer Pauline Bremer, the German has scored three goals in her past two games.
Prediction City win 3-0
Predicting that Manchester City will maintain their strong start to 2020.
Liverpool vs Manchester United (12:30)
Both of these sides are coming off the back off disappointing results last time out. Liverpool did manage a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in their last home game and are currently unbeaten in their last three home matches.
Manchester United however won the reverse fixture in the league back in September 2-0. They will most likely be looking to their midfielder Lauren James to provide that spark. James is currently United’s top league goal scorer with five goals.
Prediction: United win 2-1
Think that Manchester United will return to winning ways against Vicky Jepson’s team.
Brighton vs Arsenal (12:30)
Brighton have recently enjoyed an upturn in form in recent weeks aside from the 5-0 loss against Manchester City that is their only defeat in the past five matches.
The defending champions Arsenal meanwhile are on an even better run and have scored 28 goals in their last five games.
The Seagulls will have to pay close attention to Scottish international and Gunners captain Kim Little. The midfielder has contributed three goals in her last three games and has been an integral part of the North London Club’s impressive run.
Prediction: Arsenal win 2-0
Anticipating that the Gunners will have too much for Seagulls.
Chelsea vs Bristol City (14:00)
The West Country side finally secured their first league win last time out against Manchester United. They have also won their last two away games in all competitions that indicate that they are starting to turn a corner.
Chelsea however are the only unbeaten team left in the Women Super League and young English midfielder Beth England in particular has been impressive in recent weeks.
Prediction: Chelsea win 4-1
Reckon the blues will put on another strong showing in front of their own fans.
Reading vs Birmingham City (14:00)
Birmingham come into this game not in the best of form having lost three of their past four league matches. The midlands side however have never lost to Reading in seven matches.
The Royals will most likely look to their England midfielder, Fara Williams to make the difference. Williams made two assists in Reading’s last home win against Tottenham Hotspur back in December.
Prediction: Reading win 1-0
Believe that home advantage will give The Royals the edge against Birmingham this time around.
Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United (14:00)
Tottenham are going through a bit of a tricky period as they have lost their last two league games. They did however win the reverse fixture against the Hammers 2-0 at the Olympic Stadium in September.
West Ham meanwhile is going through a frustrating time as well as their last two league matches have been postponed for various reasons and they will hope that their squad has recovered from the flu they suffered last week.
Prediction: Draw 2-2
This is a difficult one to predict. So we are going with an entertaining score draw between these sides.